What makes a great counsellor or therapist and gives the best chances for a successful outcome in therapy is the counsellor’s ability to build a trusting and healthy therapeutic relationship with each client. There are a wide variety of therapies and research has shown that the differing methods achieve similar results; what seems to make the most difference to the outcome of therapy is the quality of the client - therapist relationship. Your counsellor or therapist should be someone you feel you could come to trust and with whom you feel comfortable.
Choosing a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor gives you confidence that you have chosen a competent counsellor. Registered Therapeutic Counsellors are registered with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT) and are regulated by the ACCT Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. They are dedicated to providing the highest standard of competent professional counselling services.
Counsellors holding a professional registration with ACCT are accountable for their behaviour within the therapeutic framework. Registered Therapeutic Counsellors, Accredited Counsellors, Master Therapeutic Counsellors and Registered Counselling Supervisors must work within the ethical guidelines upheld by ACCT and are required to continue growing as a professional through yearly continuous competency development. Clients are supported and protected when they choose a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor.